March for our Lives

Gun Safety

NWCRI Shareholders Address Gun Safety with Gun Manufacturers and Retailers

The prophet Isaiah says, “And a little child shall lead them.” Following on the tragedy in Parkland, Florida  students are leading the U.S. in addressing the epidemic of gun violence. As one of the high school organizers wrote in a CNN op-ed, “And so, I’m asking—no demanding—that we take action now.”

Two years ago faith based shareholders, concerned over escalating gun violence in the U.S, purchased stock in gun manufacturers Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Bands, and gun retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, so that we could dialogue with the companies about what they are doing to ensure the safety of children and communities whose lives may be at risk because of their products. In December 2017 and January 2018 we filed shareholder resolutions requesting a report on these companies’ gun safety measures.

NWCRI and ICCR members involved in this effort represent Catholic Sisters, who for almost 300 years, have educated our children in the safety of our schools and cared for the sick and injured in our hospitals.

Investor Action on Gun Violence

While the business case for companies to reduce their exposure to gun violence is clear, for ICCR investors and their colleagues the moral case for action grows more urgent each day. We therefore ask companies to carefully reflect on how their operations, business relationships, supply chain policies, marketing practices and public voices might be used to counter gun violence and foster safer communities.

ICCR Statement on Gun Violence
In light of continuing gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. involving semi-automatic assault weapons, the undersigned [142] investors representing $634 billion in assets are calling on gun manufacturers, retailers and distributors, as well as companies with financial ties to these industries, to review their operations, supply chains and policies and take meaningful action on this public safety concern. Read more…

 

Shareholders Solicit Support for
American Outdoor Brands Resolution

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province and 10 co-filers seek support for Proposal #4 on American Outdoor Brand Company’s (AOBC) 2018 proxy statement requesting a report on the company’s activities related to gun safety measures and the mitigation of harm associated with gun products. The AOBC annual meeting is being held on September 25; it will be a webcast-only meeting.

As outlined in our proxy exempt solicitation, both attached in PDF and here on SEC website, shareholders believe the company is exposed to heightened risks that threaten its long-term viability. Shareholders would benefit from reporting that will allow stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of the company’s current management systems and governance of these risks.

Shareholder Resolutions:
Company Issue Action
American Outdoors Brands Gun Safety Resolution
Dick’s Sporting Goods Gun Safety Resolution Withdrawn
Dick’s Sporting Goods Lobbying Disclosure Resolution Withdrawn
Sturm Ruger Gun Safety Resolution — 69% Support!
Read the Sturm Ruger Proxy Memo

 

Media coverage shows the industry is listening:
September 9, 2018

Proxy Advisor ISS backs call for safety report at Smith & Wesson parent

August 28, 2018

In some countries, the odds of getting shot are 1 in a million. In the U.S., it’s 100 times higher

August 23, 2018

The nuns asking gun companies to report on risks are back

June 14, 2018

AMA Calls Gun Violence “A Public Health Crisis”

May 18, 2018

KIRO 7 News: Seattle nun takes on gun manufacturers by buying stock

May 29, 2018

Q & A with Sr. Judy Byron on forcing Sturm Ruger to report on gun safety

May 16, 2018

Seattle Times: Meet the Seattle nun who infiltrated a gun company

May 9, 2018

NY Times: Sturm Ruger Shareholders Adopt Measure Backed by Gun Safety Activists

May 3, 2018

The Hill: Dick’s Sporting Goods hires lobbyists on gun control

April 16, 2018

Daily Kos: Huge sporting goods chain says it will be purging and destroying assault-style weapons

April 10, 2018

The Hill: Bank of America to stop lending to military-style weapons makers

April 5, 2018

NY Times: This gun maker wanted safe guns

March 1, 2018

CNBC: Kroger stops selling guns to buyers under 21 at Fred Meyer stores

February 28, 2018

The Hill: Walmart to raise age limit on gun purchases

CNBC: Dick’s Sporting Goods decided on assault-rifle ban after student protests and a meeting with nuns

 

Catholic Calls for Gun Safety

USCCB: A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence

Cardinal Cupich calls for action on gun legislation